Preparing Future Leaders

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Preparing Future Leaders announces the launch of our new Fundamentals in Teaching (FIT) workshop series, the newest professional development opportunity offered by the Graduate School. Registration for early fall FIT workshops opens August 19.

FIT workshops are designed to provide training and support for all graduate students who are interested in learning the basic concepts of teaching. The workshop topics are also applicable to postdocs and faculty members who want to learn more about teaching in the college classroom. Participants do not need teaching experience to take part, and they can complete as many workshops as they choose. FIT workshops are offered both in-person and online throughout the academic year to accommodate the busy schedules of graduate students.

Preparing Future Leaders provides and promotes the development of transferable skills in three crucial themes of professional development: teaching programs, career skills, and responsible conduct of research. The new FIT workshop series joins two other programs open to all graduate students and postdocs: the Professional Development Seminars (PDS) series, which helps participants develop career skills, and the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) seminar series, which focuses on scholarly research responsibilities. Registration for early fall workshops and seminars in all three programs opens on the first day of classes.

The FIT workshop series is part of Preparing Future Leaders’ focus on teaching. Participants in FIT workshops can choose to transfer up to three workshop credits into the Certificate of Accomplishment in Teaching (CoAT) program, which offers students a transcript notation and letter of recommendation upon completion. CoAT is designed to provide support and recognition for all graduate students who teach courses at NC State, and the program can be completed in two, three, or four semesters, depending on the participant’s needs. Applications for the CoAT program will be accepted from August 19 through September 4 and can be accessed through the CoAT program’s website.

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